I’ve had to work during this holiday, but I’ve taken what time I can between work and hanging with family to catch up on my reading list. Last night I finished the first trade of Kaijumax. It was a totally unexpected read. Part Godzilla story, part Orange is the New Black, rendered in a vibrant sort of naive fan-made-feeling manga style. It toes an interesting line. It doesn’t pendulum between whimsy and darkness. instead the story lives in both spaces at the exact same time. It is heavy — wicked heavy at times — and it is Adventure Time-esqly weird and wonderful. This first season of Kaijumax does a fair bit of expository world building by introducing readers to the prison and its occupants. I’m interested to see if subsequent seasons look beyond the prison. The setting for this series feels rich, and I look forward to reading season 2.